Bonson, Becker lead Huskies

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Mifflin County swimming team’s season officially came to an end Saturday at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium, the second day of the District 6 Class AAA championships.

The story was a familiar one to those watching the opening day of competition: The Huskies got a lot of people in, but nobody out. Only the top swimmer in each event qualifies for the state meet.

Although the team was unsuccessful on advancing a swimmer to the PIAA Championships, the Huskies had numerous top 10 finishes on the final day. There were numerous dropped times and strong finishes on the final day of competition.

Sporting a young team, the finish was something that will be something that will pay off for next season, said its first-year coach, Amy Houtz.

“Its not showing in the places necessarily but our kids are dropping their times,” Houtz said. “At the end of the season that’s where you want to be and want to see. They are right. This was really a fun meet and we were really excited about the results.”

Evan Becker led off the second day of competition as he swam in the 100-yard freestyle. His time of 51.32 seconds was enough to put the junior on the podium for a medal.

Teammate Zack Bonson did well in his first showing of the day, posting a sixth-place time of 5:08.24 in the exhausting 500-yard freestyle.

Mifflin County produced two placewinners in the 100-yard breast stroke when Drew Kline and Brenden Durst finished with times of 1:13.21 and 1:17.02, respectively.

Rounding out the boys successes was the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Shane Sennett, Kline, Bonson and Becker placed fifth with a time of 3:44.57.

On the girls side, Ali McCurdy and teammate Jenna Kile got their team off and running in the right direction, posting eighth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle.

McCurdy finished with a time of 6:14.29. Kile wasn’t to far behind her at 6:26.92.

In the final girls event of the day, the 400-meter freestyle relay, the Huskies left everything they had in the pool, posting a final time of 4:20.54, which placed them on the podium as well with a fourth-place finish.